HALLOWELL — Alan Stearns defeated Jeanne Hoxie by a vote of 895-502 in Tuesday’s election to secure an at-large seat on the City Council.

In the only contested race for council this year, Stearns will succeed Pete Schumacher. Ward 3 councilor Philip Lindley and Ward 5 councilor Lisa Harvey-McPherson were re-elected, and Jed Wartman ran unopposed to succeed Steve Vellani in Ward 1.

Stearns, 45, is executive director of the Royal River Conservation Trust in Yarmouth and worked in state government during the administrations of Angus King and John Baldacci.

Hoxie, 26, is a stay-at-home mother who moved to Hallowell a few years ago and previously worked with adults with disabilities.

Stearns attributed his victory to the support of people he’s known and worked with in 14 years of living in Hallowell. He said he looks forward to applying his experience in government and administration to guiding the city’s work.

“I see the City Council’s agenda as the meat and potatoes of local government, so it’s just a tough slog of budget and road issues and water issues and fire issues,” he said.

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